Diane Armour Bartels

Profile Updated: July 17, 2014
Residing In: Lincoln, NE USA
Occupation: Teaching
Children: Gary Bartels and I are the parents of Steven Scott (b1967) and Kaye Diane Bartels-Eiland (b1969). Steve More…is part owner of Centrix Solutions, a banking software development company, and Kaye is admissions representative at Southeast Community College. Steve is married to Christine Marie, who is an administrative assistant with the Madonna Rehabilitation Foundation. Kaye’s husband, Christopher Paul, is a gemologist at Sartor Hamann Jewelry. My two oldest grandchildren, Joshua Steven Bartels, and Sydnee Kaye Eiland are nine years old, and my youngest, Izaac Christopher Eiland is six. They are all playing sports this summer so I have my canopy-covered lawn chair ready for the baseball, softball, and T-ball fields. And since I will probably never stray far from my teacher-role, I will make sure they spend some time at the library, too. I am constantly reminded by my contemporaries of how lucky I am to have my family in Lincoln. I am not sure how that all evolved, but it has been a gift for me, as well I hope for them.

For those of you who remember my first family, we were farmers in the hills near Hubbard when I was in high school. I remember how scared I was when I applied for the learner’s permit for the twelve-mile drive into high school. I actually had no problem with the driving test since I had been driving trucks and tractors for years prior. However, my eyesight was a different story! Much to everyone’s surprise, I didn’t pass the eye test! Isn’t it ironic how the things we worry about are often not the ones we end up having to worry about?

My father died a week before I graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1964. My mother lived south of Dakota City for several years and then moved out to Colorado Springs. She died in 1995. Both of them as well as several other family members are buried in the beautiful Taylor Cemetery near Homer. Julie, my 1961 SSUX graduate sister, maintains her home in Colorado Springs, working part time as a nurse and playing competitive tennis.
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Upon graduating from high school, I went to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. I majored in elementary education, though I had originally planned to be a chemistry teacher. I had this crush on Mr. Tippery. He had been a junior high student of my mother, and he told her if he had a daughter, he would want her to be just like me. How influenced I was! But someone in University registration told me I would not have the background from South Sioux City to make it in chemistry, so I switched to elementary education. They wouldn’t/couldn’t say that today, but those were different times!

I had a wonderful time at the University. I joined several collegiate activities and had the opportunity to assume leadership responsibilities. They were opportunities I did not have in high school because I was needed home for farm chores. In my senior year, I was tapped for Mortar Board, served as president of Tassels (pep club which no longer exists), and recognized as Outstanding Senior Woman. I graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education. That summer Gary Bartels and I were married, and I began my teaching career in the fall with the Lincoln Public Schools. Our marriage ended in 1976.

Although most of my teaching was in 5th & 6th grades, I also spent several years at the middle and senior high school level. I retired early in 2000 with nearly 27 years of service. I loved to teach, but I had “met” Evelyn Sharp, the WWII ferry pilot from Ord, Nebraska. I wrote her biography: Sharpie: The Life Story of Evelyn Sharp – Nebraska’s Aviatrix and began sharing her commitment to perseverance and patriotism with others. At the age of 24, she had not survived a forced landing of her P-38 airplane.

Airplanes and those who flew them have held a fascination for me since childhood. My first flight was in an airplane flown by one of Del Rae’s uncles. I earned my private pilot certificate in the summer of 1966. In 2003, the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers flight, I bought an airplane. It is a 1969 Piper Cherokee 180. I flew it in the 2007 Air Race Classic from Oklahoma City east, up to Maine, and on into St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada. I hope to fly that Race at least one more time in my lifetime.

Most of my volunteer time these days is spent in getting young people to think about having a vision of character and career and encouraging them to make those visions a reality. Evelyn Sharp’s life story is a perfect platform for this. Like her, I try to make a difference in the lives of young people.

School Story:

I have great memories of being in the South Sioux High School Marching Band. I loved the trips to Lincoln for Band Day! I remember driving in to the high school before the crack of dawn, packing all the instruments and uniforms in the yellow school buses, and the shouts of excitement amid feelings of relief when we finally saw the State Capitol Building. I have never forgotten the sense of wonderment when our band turned onto “O” Street for the march through downtown Lincoln. The trombones were the first line, and I thought it was the widest street I had ever seen. Those were the days when the bands were allowed to march onto the football field at Memorial Stadium. The University of Nebraska Band led us in performance, and it is still a very emotional experience for me when I hear them play, “Hail Varsity.”

Planning for this reunion has given me pause to reflect upon the experiences and associations which speak to the person I am today. Though not without disappointments, life has been good. I am who I am today, in part, because of my roots in Dakota County, Nebraska. I am grateful for that.

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Nov 24, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Hi, Jerry. Wishing you a good day on your birthday, Diane

Nov 23, 2018 at 10:44 AM

Good morning, Neal. Hope you have a good birthday today!

Oct 28, 2018 at 12:34 PM

Happy belated birthday, Judy. I hope you had a good day.

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Oct 19, 2018 at 12:56 PM

Posted on: Oct 19, 2018 at 12:39 PM

Hi, Jim.
We are having California wx in Nebraska after our last weekend SNOW!!
I hope you have a very good birthday.

Oct 09, 2018 at 8:49 PM

Hi, Gloria. I hope you have a good birthday. Was in Dakota County on Friday to do a Sharpie program. Jewell McGlaughlin (sp) came by to see me. I like going back to reconnect. Happy Birthday!

Sep 18, 2018 at 11:03 PM

Hope you have a good birthday, Wally.

Aug 30, 2018 at 10:40 PM

Hi, Karen. I hope you have a good birthday.

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Sep 03, 2018 at 12:03 PM

Posted on: Aug 26, 2018 at 10:39 PM

Happy Birthday, DelRae. Hope you have
a good day! I am doing Sharpie at SSUX Library, Oct 5.

Aug 26, 2018 at 4:51 PM

Thank you, Diane - for your kind and friendly message on my birthday.
Krishna Singh

Aug 11, 2018 at 8:57 PM

Happy Birthday, Krishna. I hope you have had a good day today.

Aug 11, 2018 at 8:54 PM

Hi, Bonnie. I hope you have a good birthday and that life is good for you!

Aug 11, 2018 at 8:51 PM

Hi, Jim. I hope you have a good birthday tomorrow!

Aug 11, 2018 at 8:49 PM

Hi, Bill. I hope you had a good birthday yesterday. Sorry it's belated!

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Aug 19, 2018 at 2:16 PM

Posted on: Aug 11, 2018 at 8:44 PM

Hi, Carl. Wanting to wish you an early "Happy Birthday!" I hope you are still doing well
after your surgery.

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Jul 15, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Posted on: Jul 14, 2018 at 6:25 PM

Hi, Rod. Wishing you a good day on your birthday!
My youngest grandson will celebrate
his fourteenth on the same date as yours.
Did you hear about the dust explosion
in the SSUX grain elevator? Owned by Bryce
Anderson. Worker who was seriously burned
and brought to burn center in LINCOLN just died
after several months of fighting to survive. I know
Bryce quite well.
Wishing you and Sheryl well. Diane

Jul 14, 2018 at 4:08 PM

Am wishing you a Happy Birthday, Mary Ann. Same date as my soon
to be fourteen-year-old grandson. At his age, I was “slopping pigs” and going to country
school. How different life is for him!

Jul 14, 2018 at 4:01 PM

Hi, Bob. Sorry I missed your birthday. Been
traveling. I hope you had a good day!

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Jul 05, 2018 at 3:10 AM

Posted on: Jun 28, 2018 at 10:33 AM

I hope you have a good birthday. Happy Fourth of July!

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Jun 13, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 at 12:33 AM

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a good day.

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Jun 01, 2018 at 7:49 PM

Posted on: May 31, 2018 at 11:45 PM

Hi, Ronnie. I hope you have a good birthday. Are you the youngest in our class!
Most of us were born in 1942.

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Joshua, Steve, Christine Bartels
Kaye, Sydnee, Chris, Izaac Eiland
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Joshua's Christmas Gift to Grandma Diane
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Sydnee and Izaac at Wyuka Memorial Day Event.